With Utah's spring fishing season in full-swing, many anglers are wondering where the best places are to wet a line. The Division of Wildlife Resources provides a number of ways to find out.
Fishing information supplied by DWR personnel, and anglers who supply information about their latest fishing adventures, is recorded onto the DWR's information hot line by Friday afternoon each week, says Stacy Merchant, information specialist for the DWR.
The DWR's information hot line number is (877) 592-5169. "The information line is toll-free, even though it's an 877 number," Merchant says. "All of the 800 and 888 numbers have been used, so we were assigned an 877 toll-free number."
Anglers in the Salt Lake Valley and most of Davis County may also access the hot line by calling 596-8660. The hot line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The weekly fishing report also is available every day of the week at wildlife.utah.gov/fishing, which is one of the DWR's Web pages. Updates to the report are typically posted by Thursday afternoon each week.
At the DWR's Fishing Tips page, anglers may send fishing reports for other anglers to read and read the reports others have sent. The Fishing Tips page is also available at wildlife.utah.gov/fishing. "New reports are added to this page almost as fast as we get them, so be sure to check this page for the latest fishing information," says Tom Pettengill, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR.
Those wanting information about fishing conditions in specific DWR regions earlier than Thursday may call the Division of Wildlife Resources regional office in the region where the waters are located. Regional offices typically have fishing updates, for waters in their region, by Wednesday each week.
DWR regional offices are located in Ogden, Springville, Vernal, Price and Cedar City, and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Telephone numbers are as follows: Northern Region (Ogden office) (801) 476-2740; Central Region (Springville office) (801) 491-5678; Northeastern Region (Vernal office) (435) 781-WILD (9453); Southeastern Region (Price office) (435) 636-0260; Southern Region (Cedar City office) (435) 865-6100.